At the media event on Monday, head coach Jukka Jalonen was expected to report on the composition of the Lions for next week’s Karelia tournament. However, the lineup was not published.

According to Jalonen, the reason is the unclear situation of the Jokers. The team was diagnosed with four coronavirus infections on Friday, and the results of the latest corona tests are still awaited.

Jalonen said that the plan was to select players from the Finnish Championship League and the Jokers. Now, however, the situation is unclear.

GM Jere Lehtisen According to Finland, Finland will not select other KHL players or players borrowed from the NHL for the SM League for the Karelian tournament team.

The team will be released later this week. The Karelian tournament will be played in Helsinki on 5-8. November. The Lions matches show TV5 and Dplay.

Young Lions with stars

Head coach Antti Pennanen instead, he announced his selection for the Young Lions, a national team under the age of 20.

There are tough names involved, as Anton Lundell, who was booked for the NHL in the first round, was chosen for the team. A Winnipeg Jets contract player is also included Ville Heinola and moved to JYP accompanied by a stir Brad Lambert, 16.

Young Lions will meet Sweden three times in Malmö on 5-7. November. These are the first and last national matches before the World Cup at the turn of the year.

The World Cup will kick off in December in Edmonton.

Young Lions


Joel Blomqvist, Hermes

Kari Piiroinen, Tuto

Roope Taponen, Kiekko-Espoo


Santeri Hatakka, Ilves

Ville Heinola, Lock

Mikko Kokkonen, Jukurit

Mico Luoto, K-Vantaa

Topi Niemelä, Flies

Valtteri Pulli, TPS

Kasper Puutio, Flies

Ruben Rafkin, TPS

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Samuel Helenius, JYP

Roni Hirvonen, Aces

Roby Järventie, Ilves

Benjamin Korhonen, KalPa

Brad Lambert, JYP

Anton Lundell, HIFK

Matias Mäntykivi, SaiPa

Henri Nikkanen, Jukurit

Mikko Petman, Lock

Petteri Puhakka, Tappara

Mikael Wipe, TPS

Juuso Pärssinen, TPS

Aku Räty, Flies

Antti Saarela, Ilves

Kasper Simontaival, Tuto